By Lawrence Olaoye
National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has said that the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is not an option to Nigerians as they go to polls in the 2019 Presidential election.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of PDP is the main Challenger to President Muhammadu Buhari at the next year’s Presidential election.
Briefing newsmen after a closed door meeting with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, Oshiomhole said Nigerians have yet to forgive the PDP for mismanaging the nation’s economy for sixteen years his men ruled the country.
Asked what the chances of its candidate, incumbent were at the election, the APC boss said “Of course how can you ask what the chances are? If PDP was doing well after 16 years, they wanted to do for 60, but they were terminated. No employer will recall an employee dismissed due to gross misconduct and abuse of finances
I remember that the best (Uche) Secondus had to say was that he was apologizing to Nigerian people and I have not heard anybody say they have accepted the apology and people who have robbed you they don’t apologize and say allow me back into your store room.
“So we are certain that even as we can’t talk of any perfect situation, nothing can make Nigeria get so confused as to think that yesterday there was mismanagement and those who were at the heart of that mismanagement can be entrusted with providing leadership for tomorrow.
“I don’t think that is the question at all. PDP is out of this calculation as far as I am concerned. PDP is just not an option particularly when their candidate is not a new face, there is basis for benefit of the doubt. You can give benefit of the doubt to a stranger not to someone who was at the heart, perhaps one of the most powerful Vice President we have ever had. So, I am clear that Nigeria will never ever have basis to give PDP the benefit of the doubt.”
On the kick-off of his party’s Presidential campaings in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state today, Oshiomhole said “Campaigns will start tomorrow (today) in Uyo. We are flagging off with the South South and it is going to be the first rally of the President and taking place in the South South is particularly significant. From all the feelers we have I think the people of Uyo and Akwa Ibom state are anxious to receive Mr. President and to hear the message. We are all in good mood.”